cover_TJC_180Inspiration for my romance novel The Tom Jones Club was the Elvis and Ann Margret movie Viva Las Vegas. This is the Las Vegas I knew growing up in Southern California. Back then it was touted as “America’s Fun City” instead of “Sin City” – lol!

In the movie, Elvis’ character is race car driver Lucky Jackson. My heroine is also named Lucky – Lucky Stryker, international wine sales rep. (I later discovered there is a Stryker Winery in Sonoma, California.) I described the hero and heroine as Elvis and Ann-Margret to the artist (Jinger Heaston) and I think she did a great job capturing their look.

BTW, speaking of Vegas, look for my short story Viva Las Vegas as part of the A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas anthology, from Mozark Press, late 201.